Narendra Modi Skill India Program – Mission
A comprehensive program to train and develop industrial, entrepreneurial skills among Indians was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 15, 2015. The program is called ‘Skill India.’
The move to tap potential of India is unprecedented in the country’s history. Skill India is today a major project that involves every segment of the Indian society, local and foreign companies and governments.
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Every ministry of the Government of India is involved in the massive Skill India program, billed as the world’s largest initiative to train manpower in a single country or geographic location.
Skill India Mission
Skill India program will equip and train the nation’s massive, enviable workforce with employable skills and knowledge. This will help them contribute substantially to India’s industrialization and economic boom.
Over 400 million women and men in the country will be trained in various industrial and trade skills by the year 2022. Skill India program was launched on July 15, 2015 to enable Indian economy and industry to benefit from the country’s young work force.
With these missions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched
This is the first time in India’s history that a project that assures financial prosperity to all Indian citizens, eradicates poverty, reduces unemployment and helps develop Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) is being implemented.
Skill India will help reduce dependence on urban and semi-urban jobs. It will provide ample work and business avenues in rural India too. It strives for gender equality for income in India.
The program involves public-private partnership. Several foreign countries including UK, US, Israel, Germany and France have signed up as Skill India partners to train Indians in specific skills.
Why Skill India
India is one of the youngest nations in the world. Over 62 percent of its population is aged between 15 and 59 years. Over 54 percent of the country’s total populace is below 25 years.
It is estimated that average age of India’s population by 2020 will range between one and 29 years. In comparison, the average age of population of US will be 40 years, Europe at 46 years and Japan, 47 years.
In the coming two decades, labor force of industrialized nations is forecast to decline by four percent. In sharp contrast, India will witness a boom of some 32 percent during this time span.
Skill India aims at tapping this vast potential of indigenous manpower. For over seven decades since India’s independence, no such initiatives were taken to tap the potential of the country’s workforce.
Skills covered by Skill India
Agriculture: including floriculture, horticulture and all related branches.
Automotive: for all technologies related to motor vehicles, from concept and design to manufacture and maintenance.
Beauty and wellness: every skill required to provide body and beauty treatments to all sections of the Indian society.
Banking, Finance, Stocks and Insurance: development of skills to get employment in the financial sectors of India. These skills also promote entrepreneurship. This is a further boost to ‘Pradhan Mantri Dhan Jan Yojana’ for financial literacy and its related projects.
Capital goods: provides training on all aspect of design, development, manufacture and maintenance of capital goods such as machinery and equipment for home, office and industry.
Construction: for design to construction of all civil, industrial and military infrastructures such as buildings and complexes, bridges and subways among others.
Electronics: skills needed for designing, manufacture and maintenance of vital electronic equipment for home, office, industry and military.
Gem and jewelry: keeping in mind the huge domestic and international demand for Indian designed and made jewelry. Skills also include cutting, polishing and certification of gemstones.
Healthcare: primarily focused on providing healthcare at home and hospitals. Focus sectors and women and children, basic healthcare too.
Plumbing: for learning skills vital to providing sanitation and hygiene in all parts of India. These skills are required for ongoing ‘Swacch Bharat’ movement.
IT and ITES: courses will focus on further boosting the IT infrastructure of India, IT exports and IT enabled services, call center and related training. Extremely important skills for Smart Cities and e-government projects as well as move to cashless economy.
Leather: as leading exporter of leather and its products, these skills are being imparted at places known for its leather industries.
Media and entertainment: aimed at keeping the nation well informed with news. Skills in this sector also involve production of high quality media for educational purposes and entertainment.
Retailing: vital skills to sustain the boom of India’s e-retailing and physical retail for goods made under ‘Make In India’.
Rubber: with North East states coming under focus, rubber production is expected to boom. Skills involve everything from rubber tapping, synthetic rubber and production of high quality rubber products.
Security: skills vital to start your own security company or work in military, para-military forces and police. Security skill is key to defend the country against wanton acts of terrorism sponsored by hostile neighbors.
Telecom: India has a booming telecom sector with over half a dozen mobile services providers and two state-owned telecom companies. Skills needed to keep the telecom sector flourishing and boost connectivity with remote parts of India.
Entrepreneurship development by Skill India
A slew of courses aimed at imparting and honing skills for entrepreneurship are also available under Skill India. These include
- Entrepreneur Development Program- General Category
- Entrepreneur Development Program- Women
- Gender Equality Opportunities
- Counseling, Restraining and Redevelopment Schemes
Trainers for Skill India and opportunities
Trainers in any sector covered by Skill India are welcomed by the Indian government. They can contact any of the Skill India related websites online and file applications. Trainers are selected purely on merit basis.
Remuneration paid varies according to the ministry and partner organizations conducting courses. Entrepreneurs are invited to tie-up with various ministries to offer training courses under Skill India.
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